South Tahoe girls soccer beats Lowry 4-0 in battle of league unbeatens
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — In a matchup between Div. I-A Northern League unbeatens on Friday, Sept. 18, the South Tahoe girls soccer had control from the opening kickoff. The Vikings beat Lowry 4-0 at Viking Stadium, delivering a complete performance to remain undefeated in league play.
“We took the game super seriously and it was a team effort,” Vikings head coach Mark Salmon said. “Everybody played their position the way it was supposed to be played.”
South Tahoe (3-1, 3-0 I-A Northern) faced a physical test Friday, and combatted the Buckaroos by playing around them. The Vikings executed their game plan to near perfection, dominating possession against Lowry (5-2, 2-1) en route to the victory.
“It worked out and all four goals were beautiful,” Vikings midfielder Annie Brejc said. “We came through with what we wanted and did what we wanted to do.”
Emma Dayberry got South Tahoe on the board in the 16th minute, taking a long through ball from Grace Schouten and beating Lowry’s goalkeeper one-on-one. Four minutes later, the Vikings struck again following a failed clearance — with her back to goal, Kenya Maltase turned and fired a right-footed volley into the net.
“Once we get the first goal, it’s really relaxing,” Brejc said. “We can just play our game and not have to worry about scoring as much as possessing.”
In the 39th minute, South Tahoe added to its lead after another Lowry defensive miscue. A long pass into the box went through the legs of the Buckaroos goalkeeper, and Schouten put the ball into the empty net with her left foot. The Vikings took that 3-0 lead into the break against an opponent that had given up only three goals in its first six matches.
“All week we just worked on speed of play and movement of the ball,” Salmon said. “We just looked to combine, find the open space, move the ball quickly and capitalize when we had an opportunity.”
South Tahoe put one more on the board in the second half, scoring on a penalty kick from Zoe D’Angelo in the 44th minute. The Vikings maintained that 4-0 lead for the rest of the contest, as freshman goalkeeper Alexandra Palant notched a shutout in her first varsity start.
“She was a little nervous, but she played extremely well,” said Brejc, who saw action as a freshman on varsity last season. “Coming in with a shutout as a freshman is really cool.”
The following afternoon, South Tahoe played to a scoreless draw at Fallon. The 0-0 tie ended the Vikings’ three game winning streak and gave the Greenwave its first point of the season.
South Tahoe returns to action on the road Wednesday, Sept. 23, against Dayton at 4 p.m. The Vikings return home to face Sparks on Saturday, Sept. 26, at noon.
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